Hunting the Higgs


Two years ago, the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva began investigating the most powerful particle collisions physicists have ever created. Its discoveries include evidence of a new particle that many think is the famous and long-sought Higgs boson. This book tells the story of one of the worlds largest particle detectors, from its inception in the late 1980s to its construction in the 2000s and its first years of operation in the 2010s. Find out why a machine designed to find tiny subatomic particles exceeds the height of the tallest dinosaurs, why the ATLAS detector throws away 99.998% of the data it finds in the blink of an eye - and why its search for discoveries that will change the way we think about the universe has only just begun.

On sale at the ATLAS Secretariat for 13 CHF or can be ordered online.